William David (Dave) Goldthorpe of Grand Forks, B. C., passed away at home on December 10, 2010, after a short battle with cancer, with his wife Joyce at his side. Dave was born in Taber, Alberta in 1941 to Thomas & Sybil Goldthorpe.

He was predeceased by his father; Thomas, sisters, Ruby and Ruth; brother, Glen; father-in-law and mother-in-law; and three brothers-in-law: Gordon, George and Wells.

He is lovingly survived by his wife, Joyce; children: Evert, Alita (Larry) Whaley, Tracey (Mike) Lammerts, Cheryl (Andrew) James and April Stein (Garry Campbell); grandchildren: Jeremy (Heather), Alisha (Cody), Cecilia, James and Christie, Colton and Aidan; great-grandchildren: Jerek, Boden and Hayden; mother, Sybil Goldthorpe; sister, Beth; brother Alan (Sid); two sisters-in-law, Dianne (Ove) and Rana; and two brothers-in-law, Dean (Marcia) and Leo; cousins, nieces and nephews.

Dave met his wife Joyce in Lethbridge, AB, where they were married May 21, 1960. They lived for a time in Hardieville just outside of Lethbridge. Dave worked for Kirtchner Machine where he took his welding apprenticeship. While living in Hardieville he also worked with the Kiwanis Club and members of the Hardieville community to help purchase the Community Hall for the use of the Scouting Organization. He then became Hardieville’s first Scout Master.

Dave and Joyce moved their family to Fruitvale, B. C., in 1969 and worked for Cominco, then Beaver Falls Machine. In 1994 they moved to Grand Forks where Dave was employed at IME until it closed. While working at IME Dave acquired diplomas with highest honors in Computer Programming, PC Repair, Business Management and Drafting. When he helped start UNIFAB Industries, he was an original shareholder and Director. He remained there until his retirement April 11, 2008. Dave held many tickets for welding, steel fabrication and many others during his career.

Dave loved model trains and had been an enthusiast of that hobby for many years. He loved soduko and any other puzzles that challenged his mind. He enjoyed camping, visiting with family and friends.

At Dave’s request cremation has taken place and only a small gathering of the immediate family members was held. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Canadian Cancer Society or to a charity of your choice. Special thanks to his doctor, the home support workers, family and friends, for their prayers and caring support. Grand Forks Funeral Home was in care of arrangements.

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